Edward E. Elson

Edward Elson served as the US Ambassador to Denmark from 1993-1998.

Mr. Elson is a Charter Trustee of Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. He is a Director of Hampton Investments and Atlantic-American Corp. He is a Trustee of Hampton University and serves on the Deanýs Advisory Committee of Columbia Universityýs School of International Affairs. He is a Trustee of The Game Conservancy, USA.

He was Rector of the University of Virginia, First Chairman of National Public Radio and the National Public Radio Foundation, Chairman of the Jewish Publication Society, Chairman of Commentary Magazine and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Jewish Committee. He was a Director of NationsBank of Georgia; W.H. Smith Group plc; Atlantic American Corp.; Genesco, among others.

Mr. Elson was Chairman of the Board of the following: Bank of Gordon County; Elsonýs; Atlanta News Agency, Inc.; W.H. Smith Holdings (USA); and, The Majestic Wine Corp. A faculty and Board member of the University of Virginia, he was also a Trustee of Brown, Talladega College, Hebrew Union College, Spelman College, and Brenau University where he was the Secretary. He was a Director of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. He was Chairman of the Jeffersonian Restoration Advisory Board of the University of Virginia and a Trustee of the American Federation of the Arts and The National Peace Garden Foundation, among others.

He is a member of the Council of St. George's House Windsor Castle, a Trustee of the American Friends of the British Museum and a Trustee of the American Friends of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Currently, he is a Trustee of the Asia Society, Vice Chairman of The American Scandinavian Foundation and Co-Chair of the Institute for European Studies at Columbia University. He is on the faculty of Aalborg University in Denmark. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Talladega College and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Brenau University.

He was awarded the Grand Cross, Denmarkýs highest order for a non-head of state or a member of the Danish Royal Family, by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe and the Merkonom Award as the individual who contributed most to Danish economic life in 1997.

Ambassadorial Post(s)

Denmark, (1993 - 1998)

Areas of Expertise

  • Political - General Policy
  • Public Affairs - Media